Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of the mesothelioma series
Cancer is a dreaded often fatal, disease affecting millions of people worldwide. In the United States, Mesothelioma court cases have surfaced in droves. The biggest court cases in US history are the lawsuits resulting from mesothelioma work related asbestos exposure. Successful mesothelioma claims have already reached 54 billion dollars and is projected to skyrocket to over $260 billion dollars. Over 90 billion deaths have resulted from asbestos exposure to date and the trend will continue.
Canada is not exempt from mesothelioma either. Many workers from the Noranda Mines in Quebec suffer from mesothelioma today. Montreal workers who worked on the dock were exposed as well.
Mesothelioma is not Abestosis
Mesothelioma should not be confused with asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is fatal; there is no cure. Mesothelioma affects people who have inhaled asbestos particles on the work site. It also affect people living with a family member who brings the asbestos powder residual upon their clothes, and families who live near toxic asbestos dump sites. Families living in the Manhattan Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx area of New York after 911 who inhaled the air after the explosions, are at risk for mesothelioma. Furthermore, workers and families going to older buildings such as schools and older homes where asbestos manufactured tiles, were used in the ceiling and asbestos insulations in the walls are also at risk for contracting mesothelioma. This does include Montreal. Many homes in Montreal were painted with lead paint and their occupants can be at risk for Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma affects people working around asbestos related occupations from 1940 to 1970 (approximate). Mesothelioma is usually detected after 30 to 50 years from the date of the exposure. Mesothelioma patients usually die between 1 and 5 years after detection. On the other hand, asbestosis normally is not fatal and symptoms surface within 10 to 50 years. As you can see mesothelioma takes much longer to detect than abestosis.
Two case studies published in the J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Oct;51(10):1177-84 entitled,
Risk of mesothelioma and occupational exposure to asbestos and man-made vitreous fibers: evidence from two case-control studies in Montreal, Canada.
By Pintos J, Parent ME, Case BW, Rousseau MC, Siemiatycki J.INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Laval, Quebec, Canada. firstname.lastname@example.org, confirm presence of mesothelioma and its devastating effects in Montreal. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19749604
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